"I am confused as anyone could be," said HBO play-by-play man Jim Lampley after the news dropped that two of three judges saw Timothy Bradley beating Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight scrap on Saturday night at the MGM Grand.
Harold Lederman, the HBO judge, called the decision "absolutely incredible." Bradley never landed a real solid shot, he said, terming the decision "a crime."
I gave Bradley a single round in this pay-per-view attraction -- though some folks, apart from the judges, saw it as being much closer.
Bob Arum smiled as he hugged Bradley, knowing that a rematch is in the cards.
Pacquiao waved to the crowd and smiled. He landed almost 100 more punches, going 253-751 (punches landed/punches thrown) versus 159-839 -- so the two judges did see Bradley throwing more. Pacquiao had a 190-108 advantage in power punches landed, according to CompuBox.
Max Kellerman talked to Bradley after the fight. Bradley said it was a "good" fight, that every round was close. He said he controlled the later rounds with his jab. He explained that he hurt his right foot early on. He said he'd be happy to do a rematch. He said he will watch the bout on tape to see if he actually won.
Pacquiao said afterward that he respects the judges. "It's part of the game," he said. He thought he won the fight. A rematch, in November, would be fine with him. "We respect the officials," he stated.
Jerry Roth liked Pacquiao's work, scoring it 115-113 in his favor. But he was outvoted by C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, both of whom saw it for Bradley, 115-113.